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Cornell University received two new faces for its class of 2026. Daniel Simoes of Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and Mac Marsh of Arlington, Virginia, gave their verbal commitment to join the Big Red in fall 2022.
Simoes is a versatile swimmer who primarily swims freestyle, butterfly, and IM events. He currently competes for Seneca Valley High School and Seneca Valley Swim Club.
I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Cornell University! I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for their constant support. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. Go Big Red!🔴
Earlier in March, he swam to two second place finishes at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 3A State Championship meet. He won silver in the 100 freestyle (45.47) and 2:00 IM (1:50.13), setting new personal bests in the process.
In December, Simoes competed at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships. He swam in the 50 free (21.28), 100 free (46.49), 100 fly (49.91), and 200 IM (1:52.61).
Top SCY Times:
- 50 Freestyle: 20.86
- 100 Freestyle: 45.47
- 200 Freestyle: 1:39.79
- 100 Butterfly: 49.36
- 200 Butterfly: 1:51.10
- 200 IM: 1:50.13
- 400 IM: 4:02.38
Marsh is another versatile athlete who primarily swims freestyle, breaststroke, and IM events. He swims for Gonzaga College High School and Arlington Aquatic Club.
Excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Cornell University! Thank you to all my teammates, coaches, teachers, and parents for helping make this possible. Looking forward to working with Coaches Wes Newman and Jake Lichter and the great team at Cornell. Go Big Red!
He picked up four personal bests at the Speedo Winter Junior Championships in early December. He first swam a 20.62 in the prelims of the 50 freestyle, then came back and swam a personal best 20.52 in “C” finals. In the 100 freestyle, he swam a personal best 45.34 in prelims and swam a 45.37 in finals.
Marsh also picked up best times in the prelims of the 50 (25.96) and 100 breaststroke (55.93).
Top SCY Times:
- 50 free: 20.52
- 100 free: 45.34
- 200 free: 1:42.89
- 100 breast: 55.93
- 200 breast: 2:03.06
- 200 im: 1:52.01
Simoes and Marsh will continue their athletic careers under head coach Wes Newman, who has been with Cornell since 2009. He was promoted from assistant to head coach in 2015. To date, he has coached swimmers to 105 individual and 33 relay times that rank in the top 10 all-time for men and women. He has also guided athletes to nine new individual records and five relay records.
Cornell University competes in the Ivy League and is located in Ithaca, New York. The league did not hold a championship meet in 2021, but one is scheduled for February 2022. The Ivy League previously canceled intercollegiate athletic events between July 2020 and January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The last men’s Ivy League Championships were held in 2020. Cornell finished sixth out of eight teams that year.
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